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By Jill Badonsky

Finding TimeYour favorite sneak-pros at Tricky-leaks have time on their hands. By this, I mean they are in possession of yet another excerpt from The Muse is IN: An Owner’s Manual to Your Creativity and this one is about “time.” The cry “I don’t have enough time!” echoes from the thwarted intentions of millions wanting to experience that bliss-state of creativity but who end-up out of time or out of energy. “Making Time” is one of the ten tools from section called Gizmos in The Owner’s Manual.

Here is the short excerpt we received in a parking garage from the informer only known as Sore Throat. It’s from the chapter on finding suggestions for making more time, called Making Time:

Summon up your animus
The word animus means “masculine side.” In the interest of time, I invite you to think of animus in terms of “and-I-must” make time for my creativity because no one else is going to flippin’ do it for me.” In fact, in most cases people will routinely steal your time. Deciding to tap into animus, (installed for selected purposes in both men and women), can draw on your forces of ambition, confidence, and tenacity — all important traits in claiming creative time for yourself and not feeling apologetic about it.

Some of you may better relate to this advice: GET SOME BALLS. Tennis balls would work. Write affirmations on them like, “I will be short shot-ing my time with non-creative actions. Love-30.” Leave them outside your door. Beach balls are soft enough to throw at people who open the door even when you’ve asked nicely for some time alone.

But mostly, YOU NEED BALLS, the “and-I-must” be brave kind. Be inspired by artists who DO protect their time. Say with animus, “If they can do it, so can I.” (Try that again with more balls.) You taking time for yourself teaches others that making time for creativity is important and ESSENTIAL if you want to be an artist. Clarissa Estes Pinkola’s mentions in Women Who Run With the Wolves, an artist who does have balls. This sign hangs on her door: “I am working today and am not receiving visitors. I know you think this doesn’t mean you because you are my banker, agent, or best friend. But it does.” Hang signs if that works for you. •

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Jill BadonskyJill Badonsky is a creativity coaching pioneer, inspirational humorist, artist, and founder of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching™. Her latest book is The Muse is IN: An Owner’s Manual to Your Creativity. More »

Updated 12/18/13